Chocolate Cake

Ina Garten the Barefoot Contessa 1¾ cups all-purpose flour2 cups sugar¾ cups good cocoa powder, such as Valrhona2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon kosher salt1 cup buttermilk, shaken½ cup vegetable oil2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 cup freshly brewed hot coffeeChocolate Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows) Preheat the oven to…


Muhammara

(Makes 4 cups) 2½ lb red bell peppers (7 large)2cups walnut halves1 cup panko breadcrumbs2 tbsps pomegranate molasses1 tbsp lemon juice3–4 garlic cloves1 tsp cumin1 tbsp Aleppo pepper flakes1 tsp salt ⅔ cup (75 ml) extra virgin olive oilPomegranate seeds, walnuts or chopped parsley, to garnish (optional) BBQ the peppers until the skins are charred, turning them over once…


lemon meringue pavlova

This Lemon Meringue Pavlova is lemony, sweet, and so delicious! All the flavour of a lemon meringue pie but on a soft pillowy Pavlova meringue. Pavlova: 1 cup granulated Caster sugar ( in a food processor for a minute or two)2 tsp cornstarch6 large egg whites Lemon Curd: 3 egg yolks1/2 cup sugarzest from 1 lemon1/4 cup lemon juice1/4 cup butter Whipped Cream: 2…


Quinoa Tabouleh

Quinoa Ingredients 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 3/4 cups water Instructions Combine the quinoa and water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.Remove from the heat and let it sit, covered for 10 more minutes.Fluff with a fork. Salad 3 cups packed chopped fresh curly-leaf parsley1 cup packed chopped fresh…


Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

For the Roasted Red Pepper Dressing: 2 large roasted, peeled and seeded red bell peppers (if using jarred, drain well)2 cloves garlic, smashed1 teaspoon honey¼ cup balsamic vinegar1/3 cup olive oilSalt and pepper, to taste For the Salad: 2 hearts of romaine, chopped2 cups chopped green cabbage1 red onion, diced2 cups halved cherry tomatoes1 cup…


Pasta with White Clam Sauce

1 pound linguini Salt 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 6 fillets flat anchovies, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1 (15-ounce) can whole baby clams, with their juice Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped Directions Bring a large pot of…


Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze

3 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger Vegetable oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 8 salmon fillets, 6 ounces each On the side burner, melt the brown sugar, honey and butter in a…


Lebanese Spicy Potatoes

Batata Harra is a Lebanese spicy potatoes side dish that’s full of flavor. Easy to make and perfect to serve as part of a mezze or with grilled meat dishes! Ingredients 8 medium gold potatoes peeled and cut into cubes2 tablespoons olive oil divided½ teaspoon salt3 garlic cloves minced2 teaspoons red pepper flakes divided ( I used 1 teaspoon divided )1 cup chopped cilantro divided ( I used parsley )Lemon…


Red Lentil Dip

Ingredients 1 cup red lentils1 bay leafFine sea salt2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice1 Tbs. tomato paste1 garlic clove, finely chopped2 Tbs. chopped cilantro leaves2 tsp. harissa2 tsp. ground cumin2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil Preparation Rinse the lentils with cold water and drain. Combine the lentils, bay leaf, and 1 tsp.  salt in a medium…


Cranberry Swirl Bundt Cake

This delicious cake is a fabulous way to make use of leftover cranberry sauce. INGREDIENTS 2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup butter, softened1 cup sugar2 large eggs1 teaspoon almond extract1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 cup sour cream1/3 cup chopped walnuts or Pecans1 can, 14 ounces whole-berry cranberry sauce GLAZE 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar2 to 5 tablespoons whole milk or heavy cream1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 10- to 12-cup Bundt pan…


Latkes

  Easy, Simple and Delicious INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds baking potatoes such as Russet (3 to 4 potatoes)1/2 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered1 large egg2 tablespoons matzo meal or unseasoned dry breadcrumbs1 teaspoon kosher salt1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 cup canola oil Applesauce and sour cream, for serving INSTRUCTIONS Heat the oven and fit one baking sheet with paper towels and another with a cooling…


Stuffed Cabbage

1 4–5 pound head green cabbage Meat filling2 pounds ground minced meat2 eggs, beaten together½ cup long-grain rice, parboiled for 3 minutes1 cup fresh bread crumbs1 onion, grated on coarse side of a box grater2¼ teaspoons salt½ teaspoon freshly grated black pepper Sauce2 tablespoons vegetable oil1 medium onion, finely minced1 28-ounce can tomato pureed1/3 cup…


Ginger Muffins

A baked good for the true ginger fanatic, these muffins pack some serious spice thanks to the addition of grated fresh ginger, ground ginger and minced crystallized ginger. Molasses, a key ingredient in traditional gingerbread, gives the muffins a beautiful golden hue and helps keep them moist for days — if they last that long.3/4 cup…


Basil Jalepeno Pesto

A delicious, spicy take on your original Italian pesto. ¼ cup walnuts 2 cloves garlic 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves ¾ cup shredded Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese 1 jalapeno pepper, stem removed ⅔ cup olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt and a shake of ground black pepper Directions Pulse walnuts and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Add basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese,…


LEMON-BLUEBERRY YOGURT LOAF

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (if you’re skipping the fruit, you can also skip the last tablespoon of flour)2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar3 extra-large eggs2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1/2 cup vegetable oil1 1/2…


Za’atar Chicken Schnitzel with Israeli Salad

FOR THE SALAD: In a large bowl, combine the bell pepper, cucumber, onion, tomatoes, parsley and mint. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. FOR THE SCHNITZEL Heat the oven to 200 F. Place an ovenproof platter or a baking sheet in the oven to warm. In a wide, shallow bowl, stir together the flour,…


Strawberry Cream Cake

Every summer I anxiously await the arrival of locally grown sweet, red strawberries. Think of a simple sponge cake, sweet strawberries and a whipped cream frosting. This cake will be an annual tradition because it’s not difficult to make, it looks beautiful– best of all, it’s incredibly delicious! Ingredients CAKE: 1 1/4 cups cake flour1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/4 teaspoon table…


Lemon-Iced Ginger Biscotti

Traditional almond biscotti get a holiday makeover here, with a triple blast of ginger—ground, crystallized, and fresh—to evoke gingerbread and brightly flavored lemon icing as a final flourish. Fine Cooking. Ingredients For the biscotti 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour3/4 cup packed light brown sugar1 Tbs. ground ginger1 tsp. baking powder1/4 tsp. fine sea salt1 cup…


Flourless Almond Cookies

These Flourless Almond Cookies are almost too good to be true. They’re gluten free, dairy free, and they take just 4 ingredients and 25 minutes to make. And they’re totally delicious. Delicious crunchy nutty almond cookies that are made mostly from healthy almonds. 2 cups blanched slivered almonds or Purchase Almond Flour2/3 cup sugar1 large eggZest from 1 lemon1/8 teaspoon salt24 roasted…


Greek Wings

Zest and juice of 1 lemon 6garlic cloves, crushed ½cup extra-virgin olive oil 1Tbsp. cracked black pepper 1¼ tsp. kosher salt 2tsp. dried oregano 3lb. chicken wings or less Assemble Sauce ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 3Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1small garlic clove, finely grated ½tsp. cayenne pepper ½tsp. cracked black pepperKosher salt ¼cup chopped…


Carrot Pineapple Cake Muffins

2 cups granulated sugar 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 pound carrots, grated 4 cups…


Brussels Sprout Slaw

This delicious slaw recipe features shredded Brussels sprouts tossed with tangy honey mustard dressing, toasted almonds and dried cherries (or cranberries). Coleslaw 1 pound Brussels sprouts⅓ cup slivered almonds, toasted⅓ cup tart dried cherries or cranberries, chopped Honey mustard dressing ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar1 tablespoon honey1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1 garlic clove, pressed or minced¼ teaspoon fine sea salt INSTRUCTIONS…


Cesar salad dressing

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right! 2 small garlic cloves, minced1 teaspoon anchovy paste (found near the canned tuna in the supermarket)2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (I like the brand Maille)1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce1 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as…


Crusty French Baguettes

This recipe produces baguettes or rolls such as you’d find in a French Bakery. The bread doesn’t need a starter and it can be ready in 4 hours. Now you can have bakery bread in your own home in no time at all.Ingredients 1 1/2 cups 12 oz. spring water or distilled water, heated to 115 F.1 teaspoon 1/8…


Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Zest, Parsley, Capers, and Jalapeño

INGREDIENTS 1 head cauliflower, quartered, cored, and cut into bite-size florets3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzlingSalt and freshly cracked pepper1 lemon1 large handful fresh parsley (about 1/2 cup), roughly chopped1 tablespoon capers1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly slicedFlaky sea salt, for serving PREPARATION Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spread the cauliflower…


Spicy Molasses Cookies

A delicious sweet and spicy cookie, that’s crispy around the edges and chewy in the middle. Makes about 24 large cookies. Baking time will vary. Mine took 15 minutes. Bake a little longer for crispier cookies or a bit less for chewier. INGREDIENTS  1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)2 cups white sugar2 large eggs1/2 cup molasses (not blackstrap)3 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour1 Tbsp. baking…


Key Lime Squares

Seriously, make this recipe. Recipe:From Cooks IllustratedCrust:5 ounces animal crackers (about 1 1/4 C crumbs) I used Graham wafer crumbs3 tbs light or dark brown sugar packedpinch salt4 tbsp butter melted and cooled slightly Filling:2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature1 tbsp grated lime zest1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk1 large egg yolk1/2 C key lime…


Grilled Veal Chops

Ingredients1/4 cup olive oil2 tbsp Dijon mustard2 tbsp white wine1 tbsp honey1 tsp finely chopped capers2 cloves garlic, chopped4 bone-in veal chops, about 1 inch thick, trimmed of fatSalt and pepperPreparation In a glass dish, combine all the ingredients except for the meat. Add the veal chopsand thoroughly coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate…


Cabbage

MELTED GREEN CABBAGE Active Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 2 1/2 to 3 hours 1/3 cup (75 mL) extra-virgin olive oil2 tsp (10 mL) kosher salt, plus more to taste1/2 tsp (2 mL) coarsely cracked black pepper, plus more to taste2 small heads of green cabbage (2 lb; 900 g), quartered (but not cored)10 whole garlic cloves, peeled4…


Herb-Roasted Chicken

  .Though this recipe is for a whole chicken, it works well for cut-up pieces, too. Ingredients 1 tablespoon canola oil1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), or 2 legs and 2 breasts, skin-on5 to 6 sprigs fresh thyme1 teaspoon dried oregano1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder1 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 small…


Olive Bread

1 pk active dry yeast3 – 4 c Unbleached all-purpose flour1/3 c Pureed pitted kalamata or-other brine-cured black-olives (about 30)1/3 c White wine3 tb Olive oil (preferably-extra-virgin)1/4 ts White pepper3/4 ts Salt & 1/4 ts dried oregano In a small bowl proof the yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water with 1/2 cup ofthe flour for…


Mock Chopped Liver

recipe from Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking. Vegetarian, pareve, gluten free, kosher for Pesach Ingredients 6 tbsp mild-flavored frying oil, divided 2-3 medium onions, chopped1 lb white mushrooms in 1/4 inch thick slices3 hard boiled eggs, quartered1/2 cup shelled walnuts1/2 tsp kosher salt1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepperSliced scallions and/or butter lettuce (optional – for garnish)Matzo (to serve with – optional – use GF matzo if gluten free) Instructions…


SPICED MEAT With HUMMUS

(2 tbsp) extra-virgin olive oil (1 lb) ground beef (1 tbsp) vegetable oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped (1 tsp) kosher salt, (1 tsp ) cayenne pepper (1 tsp) ground cumin (½ tsp) ground sumac (½ cup) beef or chicken broth or water (2 tbsp) tamarind paste (2 tbsp) tomato paste…


Four Layer Chocolate Log

Cake 1 cups (225 g) unbleached all-purpose flour1/2 cup (50 g) cocoa powder1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt4 eggs, separated2 cups (420 g) sugar1/2 cup (115 g) unsalted butter, softened1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract1 cup (250 ml) milk Ganache 10 oz (300 g) dark chocolate, chopped1 cup (250 ml) 35% cream1/4 cup (55 g)…


Banana Chocolate Walnut Cake

INGREDIENTS 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 stick unsalted butter, softened, plus 2 tablespoons, melted and cooled1 cup sugar, divided2 large eggs1 1/4 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 medium)2/3 cup plain whole-milk yogurt1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 (3 1/2- to 4-ounce) bar 70%-cacao bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped1 cup walnuts…


Sweet and Sour Meatballs

FOR THE SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE:2 tbsp. canola oil1 medium yellow onion, minced1 15-oz. can tomato sauce the juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp.)¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugarKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to tasteFOR THE MEATBALLS:2 lb. ground beef chuck2 eggs, beaten⅓ cup long-grain white rice, parboiled for 3 minutes1…


BIG OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

INGREDIENTS 1cup butter1 1⁄2 cups firmly packed brown sugar2 eggs1teaspoon vanilla1 1⁄2 cups all purpose flour2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon salt2 1⁄3 cups rolled oats1(12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate 1 1⁄2 cups nuts, chopped walnuts or pecans DIRECTIONS Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl of an electric mixer, until creamy; beat in eggs and vanilla.In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking…


Slow-Cooked Bell Peppers

Bell peppers get sweet and silky when they slow-roast. Then use them to top ricotta toast, or serve as a side, or chop them up and mix into a salad. INGREDIENTS 4 red bell peppers, halved, seeds and ribs removed1/2 head of garlic2 sprigs oregano2 dried bay leaves1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil3/4 tsp. kosher salt…


Frozen Key Lime Pie

For the Crust:1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs1/4 cup sugar6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted For the Filling:6 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature1/4 cup sugar1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk2 tablespoons grated lime zest3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 to 5 limes) For the Decoration:1 cup (1/2 pint) cold heavy cream1/4 cup sugar1/4…


Ginger Cookie-Mashed Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: 48 cookies A simple slice-and-bake technique makes this cookie quick and efficient. Plus, it produces uniformly sized cookies. This recipe yields double the cookies you will need for the sandwiches. Freeze extra cookies for later, or double the ice cream and make more ice cream sandwiches Ingredients For the ice cream 6 oz. frozen, no-sugar-added…


Lemon Loaf

 from London’s Ottolenghi Makes: 1 standard loaf Ingredients 3large eggs1cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar1/2cup sour cream5tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing1tablespoon poppy seedsFinely grated zest of 3 lemons (1 tablespoon)1 1/3cups  all-purpose flour1 1/4teaspoons baking powder1/4teaspoon salt3/4cup  confectioners’ sugar, sifted2tablespoons lemon juice Directions Heat the oven to 325° F. Grease the loaf…


Rice with Harissa, Dates, and Orange

3 tablespoons olive oil1 onion, finely chopped1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste3 cloves garlic, minced1 bay leaf1 tablespoon harissa1 cup basmati rice, rinsed until water runs clear (do not use brown rice)6 medjool dates,  pitted and diced 1 orange, zested and juiced INSTRUCTIONS In a large skillet over high heat, heat the oil until it shimmers. Add the onions and reduce the…


Arugula and Caramelized Mushroom Salad

Ingredients 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided1 pound assorted cultivated and/or wild mushrooms (cremini, shiitake, oyster, chanterelle, porcini, etc.), trimmed of woody stems and thinly sliced1 tablespoon unsalted butterKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper2 medium shallots, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)4 cups baby arugula 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice2 teaspoons Dijon mustard2 teaspoons honey3…


Hermit Bars (on the softer side)

Instructions 1 cup  raisins2 tablespoons  finely chopped crystallized ginger8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter (right out of the refrigerator)1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ground allspice2 cups  all-purpose flour, plus more for the board1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon table salt3/4 cup packed  dark brown sugar1/2 cup  molasses 2 large eggs, room temperature1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice3/4 cup…


Yotam Ottolenghi’s grilled pepper salad with cucumber and herbs.

  It works as a starter, with bread, as a side dish or as part of a meze spread. 4 green peppers, stems removed, deseeded and flesh cut into roughly 3cm pieces ( I used All Red Peppers )2 red peppers, stems removed, deseeded and flesh cut into roughly 3cm pieces4 medium vine tomatoes  cut…


Kit Kat Cake

      It’s really very simple to make. You’ll just need your favourite layer cake recipe (or a boxed mix), frosting, Kit Kat’s, and M&M’s   Frost a layer cake just as you would normally do- first one layer, then add the second and frost all the way around. Then stick Kit Kat’s all…


Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake

Ingredients ⅓ cup light brown sugar (not packed) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ⅔ cup white sugar ½ cup salted butter, softened (or use unsalted and add ¼ tsp salt) 2 eggs 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract 1½ cups all-purpose flour 1¾ teaspoons baking powder ½ cup milk 2 apples, peeled and chopped (I used Gala) Instructions…


Cooked Red Pepper & Tomato Salad

Makes 3 cups INGREDIENTS 4 red bell peppers 1/4 cupextra-virgin olive oil 3 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 6), peeled, seeded and diced 4 large cloves of garlic, finely minced 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoons sweet paprika 1 teaspoons salt, or to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste PREPARATION 1. Halve the peppers lengthwise. Remove…


Beef Stew / Shepard’s Pie

2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 onion diced fine 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped 1 (28 oz can) diced tomatoes 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 2 pounds stewing beef cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 cup…


Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

These are so good that I want to post the recipe.. Ingredients (makes 40 cookies): 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 cup butter 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 egg 2 1/4 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet) 1 cup Reese’s…